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Mike Diedrich Filmmaker

"Ballhawks tops at BMA's."

Ballhawks wins Best editing and Best Director                  at the Midwest Independent Film Festival's                    "Best of the Midwest Awards."

Screen Magazine

"Bill Murray runs the bases at Wrigley."

Murray also narrated a Chicago Cubs documentary last year called “Ballhawks.” (The movie took a look at the people who stand outside Wrigley Field to catch homerun balls.)


"Chasing a dream along Waveland."

""The flourish at the end brought a tear to my eye."

**** Chicago Sun Times Review

For Blackhawks fan Christina, who was born blind, her goal was pretty simple. She wanted to experience a Blackhawks game at the United Center. Her wish was granted by the team, which also enlisted forward Patrick Sharp to help ensure Christina's surprise would be one she'd never forget. You might want to keep a few tissues handy for this one


I think we all owe a thank-you to Christina and the Blackhawks for reminding us of the goodness and pure joy that come from sports.

"Top 5 things to do this week."

"FRESH CATCH"  See the new documentary Ballhawks,   on the diehards who lie in wait for homers outside the Friendly Confines, this week at the Siskel.

Chicago Magazine

"Hall of Fame's Baseball Film Festival thrills both fans and filmmakers."

For director Mike Diedrich, bringing his film Ballhawks, which concerns the men who chase balls hit outside Chicago's famed Wrigley Field, to the Baseball Hall of Fame was somewhat overwhelming.

National Baseball Hall of Fame


"Bill Murray narrates new Cubs Documentary, Ballhawks"

The elder Murray has become Hollywood’s most soughtafter white whale. He eschews agents and publicists, so most filmmakers must contact him via an 800 number that he may or may not check.                  Sofia Coppola spent months pursuing him for Lost in Translation."

Chicago Magazine



Off The Beaten Path, "Ballhawks"

Director Michael Diedrich does a magical job of exposing the community of the Ballhawks. Showing how passionate they are about what they do. Enlightening

the viewer to the intriguing as well as the curious that exists on Waveland Avenue and in the community as a whole.

Common Guy's Film Review


Lou Harry's "Best of the Fest."

"Five minutes in, you'll wonder how they can possibly    get an entire feature out of this. An hour in, you won't want it to end.,"                                                     Indianapolis Business Journal


Austin Film Festival Top 5 Documentaries

Few other pastimes inspire the same kind of

fanaticism that baseball does, and this documentary focuses on a small and dedicated group of Cubs fans

as they hope to catch fly balls outside of Wrigley Field



Documentary Chronicles Wrigley Field Ballhakws

For every Chicago Cubs home game since 1914 rain or shine or even in the snow the Ballhawks have been standing, listening, waiting, running, leaping, and tripping over each other to catch the home runs that sail over the bleachers and on to Waveland or Sheffield Avenues. Some have been at it for decades, some are rookies. But even though they’ve been a fixture at Wrigley for nearly a century their story is being told for the first time in a new documentary called Ballhawks. Eight Forty-Eight’s resident “Cub Nut” Jason Marck went out to his self-described “home away from home” to talk to the filmmaker, Mike Diedrich.

WBEZ Chicago


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"Chicago Blackhawks show off babysitting skills in heartwarming video."

This video might be one of the best things the Blackhawks have ever done, and considering they've won a million Stanley Cups, that's saying alot. This video rivals Duncan Keith skating with Cammy in ways the Blackhawks have ruined you emotionally.

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"Girl scores possibly the Blackhawks greatest goal ever in latest What's Your Goal video."

Cammy was born unable to walk or speak but she sure can smile and she flashed that smile up and down the rink with Duncan Keith.

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Dove's Choose Beautiful Campaign Says Women Are So Much More Than Average.

As part of the brand's latest campaign, which launched on April 7, Dove set up signs above side-by-side doors in five cities around the world. In each city, one door read "Beautiful" and the other "Average." A camera crew then observed the way women reacted to the marked doors -- and which one they ultimately walked through.


"This Might Be The Best Dove Campaign We've seen yet."

Dove is known for its powerful, inspiring ad campaigns, and can be credited as one of the first major companies to shift the conversation and spotlight onto real women. The result? Videos that are viral sensations and strike a serious emotional chord with audiences. This latest endeavor might be the iconic beauty brand's most moving effort yet.

Refinery 29


"Michael Phelps Announces He Is Training for the 2032 Olympics. He Won’t Be the One in the Water!"

Michael Phelps has announced he will be training for the 2032 Olympics — training his son Boomer Robert that is.

Phelps, 31, and his family, including wife Nicole, have teamed up with Huggies Little Swimmers to bring awareness to children’s water safety.

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"New Ad Supporting USPS addresses   Election Chicanery"

Reimagining the postal workers’ creed for 2020, the original words are vastly expanded in an ad from Ogilvy Chicago supporting The People’s Postal Rescue Campaign


Stand By Your Mail spot

A Postal Service Creed for 2020” motivates Americans to rally together to save and support the United States Postal Service.

Communication Arts

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"Peter Dinklage Contemplates Our Hyperconnected World in this Epic Ad from Cisco."

Timed to GoT finale, spot heralds a new kind of networking.


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"This is what happened when people finally received Sargento's World's Slowest Pizza Delivery."

Cheese brand made good on its promise to get pies to  customers in about 4 to 18 months.

Creativity Editor's Pick

"This Chicago Hospital is listing a night in an Incubator."

Chicago's Cook County Hospital is encouraging people donate to give premature babies an incubator place with a campaign that describes a night in neonatal intensive care as a travel-site style apartment listing.

AdAge Editor's Pick

​Mike Diedrich  Filmmaker

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